7For a foolish one true wisdom is too high; in the gate he will not open his mouth.
8As for anyone scheming to do bad, he will be called a mere master at evil ideas.
9The loose conduct of foolishness is sin, and a ridiculer is something detestable to mankind.
10Have you shown yourself discouraged in the day of distress? Your power will be scanty.
11Deliver those who are being taken away to death; and those staggering to the slaughter, O may you hold [them] back.12In case you should say: “Look! We did not know of this,” will not he himself that is making an estimate of hearts discern it, and he himself that is observing your soul know and certainly pay back to earthling man according to his activity?
13My son, eat honey, for it is good; and let sweet comb honey be upon your palate.14In the same way, do know wisdom for your soul. If you have found [it], then there exists a future, and your own hope will not be cut off.
15Do not, as a wicked one, lie in wait for the abiding place of the righteous one; do not despoil his resting‐place.16For the righteous one may fall even seven times, and he will certainly get up; but the wicked ones will be made to stumble by calamity.
17When your enemy falls, do not rejoice; and when he is caused to stumble, may your heart not be joyful,18that Jehovah may not see and it be bad in his eyes and he certainly turn back his anger from against him.
21My son, fear Jehovah and the king. With those who are for a change, do not intermeddle.22For their disaster will arise so suddenly, that who is aware of the extinction of those who are for a change?
23These [sayings] also are for the wise ones: The showing of partiality in judgment is not good.
24He that is saying to the wicked one: “You are righteous,” the peoples will execrate him, national groups will denounce him.25But for those reproving [him] it will be pleasant, and upon them there will come the blessing of good.26Lips will he kiss who is replying in a straightforward way.
27Prepare your work out of doors, and make it ready for yourself in the field. Afterward you must also build up your household.
28Do not become a witness against your fellowman without grounds. Then you would have to be foolish with your lips.29Do not say: “Just as he did to me, so I am going to do to him. I shall repay to each one according to his acting.”
30I passed along by the field of the lazy individual and by the vineyard of the man in need of heart.31And, look! all of it produced weeds. Nettles covered its very surface, and its stone wall itself had been torn down.
32So I proceeded to behold, I myself; I began taking [it] to heart; I saw, I took the discipline:33A little sleeping, a little slumbering, a little folding of the hands to lie down,34and as a highwayman your poverty will certainly come and your neediness as an armed man.